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Things I learnt from doing a Food Show

Well hello again,

It’s been a short while since I last posted… as you may know ( or not ) , I attended the free from and allergy show at the Olympia exhibition hall in Kensington, London. Yeah.. I know, big scale things and a long way for little me, BUT I did it! and that’s what has been consuming all my time and energy the last few weeks.
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SO… from this, I wanted to share with you my own experience and what I have taken from doing this.

Firstly, to enjoy every minute. I found I was on a rollercoaster of emotions, as I was running on little to no sleep for the first 2 days of setting up and the first show day… I know. However, I was unbelievably lucky to have my partner in crime helping my for the whole weekend who handled my crazy soul for a whole 5 days, very well. A big thank you again, I couldn’t have done it without.
Once I learnt to let go and just be in the moment rather than worrying if everything was perfect or tasting perfectly, I absolutely loved it. After all, I do love talking…

Secondly, for a food product, packaging is key! I learnt a lot from the friends we made at the show, whether that be customers or other stand holders. Packaging is the main attraction. Unfortunately, you could have a fantastic product but in poorly presented packaging and you’d get nowhere near as far and as fast as if you had eye catching packaging. SO… for me, this is the next step for Raw Bake Station. I hear pouches are the way forward..
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Thirdly, to keep in contact with all the people that you met, again whether that be buyers, consumers or stall holders. Everyone of them will have a purpose and help to flourish your business, especially stall holders. Making friends with people there wasn’t hard, especially when every morning we were both bouncing on in, with a smile on our faces and being (probably annoyingly) energetic as always. These wonderful people are what made the long days so much easier, but not only that, they also gave me some comfort in knowing that I wasn’t alone in all the struggles of starting a business. It’s  so easy to look at someone else’s business or another company and think they’re getting it all right and you’re not. At the end of the day, everyone’s on the same journey, we all have our hurdles and our peaks. Take note of other peoples advice and share your own too. It’s nice to be nice.
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Lastly, to focus on the bigger things than on the smaller things. Moving forward, my main aim of the game is to sort my packaging out and work out a stronger plan. Watch this space!

I’d highly recommend anyone who is in the food world, to get yourselves onto a food show. The contacts, the experience and the future business you create makes it all worth while.

Any questions please feel free to email me !

Much love

Evie X

 

A bendy weekend.

What a weekend.

A weekend full of getting bendy.
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So, for those that weren’t watching my one million gazillion Instagram stories, I spent my Saturday morning with the Lulu Lemon crew at their second yoga event in the city!
I had the pleasure of joining in, on the hour of yoga class… which was amazing! The teacher was, by far, the most hilarious yoga teacher I have ever come across, she had the whole room laughing with her crazy lingo and prosecco phrases. Find her at Loft Yoga in Eccles!
I then jumped straight from the yoga to spreading the Raw Bake Station love to all those that came!
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It was a wonderful morning, spending an hour of connecting with my body with another 150-beautiful people. Namaste lovers.
To top that off, on Sunday, I went down to the Magna Pass’ yoga in the city event, situated in an unbelievable space in the old Granada studios! Fortunately, the sun was glistening hard that day so whilst lying in savasana pose, we all had the pleasure of the warm tingles off the sunshine blaring down from the glass roof. Dreamy.

If you haven’t yet checked out Magna Pass, they are a platform of fitness classes and unique workout sessions.  The best way to find out what classes are around you at that time… aka the bomb of an organiser.

Another hour of yoga to then a break with Raw Bake Station treats.
This was like the dream team morning which I was so happy to be involved in.

So, a totally different way of spending my Bank Holiday weekend but an absolute flower of one. Feeling totally revived for a new week ahead, and woke up this morning with no headache ( thank you, thank you ), no grogginess and body that is feeling totally relaxed.

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Hope you all had a smashing weekend.

Chow for now.

Evie X

GET VISUAL. STAY FOCUSED

There will be a time in life where we all fall off our pathways, sometimes its actually necessary we do so! Sometimes we need to. Life is a journey so don’t panic if at some point you feel you’re not where you “should” be or “need” to be, just embrace that flippant and unexpected moment/block/time.

 Live in the moment and keep on smiling, as long as you’re happy you’re doing something right!!

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I see a lot of my friends stressed and upset because they’re unsure of the next step or where they’re heading or even feeling under pressure because its not what they had or anyone else had expected for them. Again dont panic, sit back and enjoy the ride. Life is a learning curve, and we’re here to enjoy ourselves, to experiences things and to make the most of it!

I felt a little lost a few years ago, nothing to work for because I had no clear image of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. Before I found the power to let go of this pressure, it was an awful time for me. I was stressed and ever so down, I felt left behind in comparison to my friends. But its not about anyone else, this is about your individual journey and what you can do with it.

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Travelling really helped me find myself…as cliche as that sounds.

“the world is a book and those who dont travel read only one page” – Augustine of Hippo

One of my favourite quotes!! The people, the places and the experiences. Travelling will always be a passion of mine and I advise anyone and everyone to get out there and find out things you never knew about yourself and the world around you!!

Anyhow. The point of this post is to assure you that its OKAY to go do things that may not have been on the agenda, that may not have been ‘Mummys’ and ‘Daddys’ expectations, or even your childhood dreams.
The worst thing you can do is feel alone, stressed and  feeling uneasy about the future.

Firstly, if needs be, go and find yourself! Go travel, take up a few crazy hobbies, do something you and no one else would expect you to! It may take a few weeks or a few years to realise what it is you would like to do. It certainly took me around 18 months to realise all I wanted to do was to help others achieve their goals both mentally and physically. And I had the time of my life doing it.

Secondly GET VISUAL.  write down your goals. Long term and short term, and then you have something to work for, something to get excited about.
This idea got thrown upon me by a good friend and its REALLY helped me, I wrote my very own Goals List 2 months ago and I must say most have already kicked off!! Wahoo.
I’d advise to write these goals with the words – I will
For example ;
I will have saved “x” amount of money by this time next year.
I will have travelled to “x” in january.
I will have got the job promotion

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Set your goals and get excited. Life is one big journey. Positive vibes. Positive life.

One of my many goals lists and my pin up vision WALL. Inspiration everywhere 🙌

For those who like to be a little creative, how about doing a Vision board!!!
Lets get back to the primary school days and get daft with the craft..
Im talking colours, cut outs, quotes, drawings, pin-ups. You name it, just board it!
Put your dreams and ambitions up on this magical board and keep re-visiting it.

 TO ACHIEVE IT, YOU MUST BELIEVE IT… now to believe it, YOU MUST SEE IT.

For anyone digging a little deeper, I would recommend reading the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Bryne. I also found this a huge help to me and my outlook on things, Keeps your mind focused and feeling positive and thats the one thing we all need to have in life. Postivity.

Much love, sending positive vibes your way X

Ps. I would love to see your vision boards!! Send me them through and be creative!!!

WAKE UP // SHAKE UP

Bonjour le monde!
The past few weeks I’ve had a fair few people asking me if I can put together a short FAT BURNING exercise routine for them. Potentially my readers too, would like to try out one I have devised. A pure beauty she is.
Now of course for some of you, you may require in depth one on one work  to reach your goals but for most this one off routine should help blast that unwanted fat – It’s more about how much YOU push YOURSELF.
The harder you go, the more you burn!

When wanting to burn fat, the best method to go with is HIIT as I explained in my “Morning Blast” post. A style of training called Tabata is something you should absorb, it is what I use for a lot of my own training.  Note it down and research it later.

Here goes a short devised fat burning beauty;

Firstly take note; we’ll be working at a 2;1 ratio. Working out for 20 seconds, and resting for 10. No more, no less… Aim to keep within the time frames.

WARM UP

March in place for 10 seconds after each warmup exercise.

Jumping Jacks
Duration: 20 seconds

Toy Soldier
Swing left leg and right arm to touch toes. Repeat on other side.
Duration: 20 sec.

Hackey Sack
Tap left ankle with right hand. Repeat on other side.
Duration: 20 sec.

High Knees 
Duration: 20 sec.

ROUND ONE-
Remember 2:1

Jump rope/Skipping rope  ( if no jump rope, use your imagination! )

rest

Burpees 

rest

Jumping squats

rest

Jumping jacks into squats

rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into –

ROUND TWO

Fast Feet – sprint on spot

rest

Pushup

rest

Quad Touch Jump Squats
Place hands on quads, jump and reach with hands to ceiling. Land in squat position.

rest

Mountain Climbers

rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into

ROUND THREE

Skaters

rest

T Jacks
Start with arms in a T. One touches the floor while the other is still out in a T.

Rest

Single Leg Burpees

Rest

Fast butt kicks

Rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into

ROUND FOUR abs-mazing

Plank Ups
From plank position, place right palm down, then left, to get in pushup position. Then, come back down onto forearms.

Rest

Bicycles

Rest

Supermans

Rest

Crunches

Rest…END

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HALLEJUAH. This style of workouts is SO effective when performed to our best ability! Only you can make a change to your body, only you can push yourself to the end! Make it happen. Why not start today?
Get off your bums and put your laptop down, go grab a big glass of water and sweat towel and jump into some comfy clothing. Whizz some pumping music on, and get to work.
20 seconds GOGOGO, 10 seconds rest.
Try this every morning before breakfast if possible and if the timings not all good for you in the morning then do this workout when you can fit it in EVERY DAY.. theres no excuses. You DONT need a lot of time for this and you DONT need a gym.
Give it 2 weeks maximum of doing this routine each morning and I promise you you’ll see and feel the difference phsically and mentally. Not only will fat be dripping off you, your cardio ability will actually improve!!

Double whammy, Enjoy and let me know how you get on!

Much love X

Appy A’lloween

Hello friends! Been a short while, I know; a good week?

I do apologise for the delay in publishing my posts. I’m really not this slack usually, just been insanely busy with other forms of work. Happy days!!

Okay, as mentioned in my previous MINI MOO post, I love this time of year… SO many exciting events to look forward to! Festive… Festive… Festive.

It’s nearing Halloween and so I decided I’d get crafty with a fellow fitness hunk (absolutely helpless in the kitchen…lost soul) and go wild with the classic Halloween icon…. the petrifying pumpkin!

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From using and abusing the delightful orange head, to making wacky faces… we also made pumpkin & spiced apple delights with a gluten free crumble-like topping. Baked inside miniature pumpkins, dazzled with cinnamon, they are scarily good!! In fact, freakishly delicious. Not to mention, frighteningly healthy – BLOODY PUMPTASTIC!!
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Parents, this is a great way to engage and inspire your children to learn tasty and healthy recipes whilst having a ball, improving their art and craft skills. Boo-ya! Winner!!

Go and get your hands on;

1 large cooking apple
3 miniature pumpkins (munchkins)
1 large pumpkin
1 tsp grounded cinnamon
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar

Topping-
60 grams gluten free plain flour
30 grams unsalted butter
30 grams brown sugar

For the centre goodness, lets get everything prepped.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Large pumpkin –  chop the top off and spoon out as much of the centre as possble. Then cut into quarters and place on a baking tray, then into the oven until softened.

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Large apple – peel and chop the apple into small squares and place in a pan with a 100ml of water. Turn the heat on high and add in the cinnammon and the sugar. Stir and keep stirring. Once everything has softened and combined together, taste it to see if it’s as sweet as you’d like it. If not, add in more. Remember you can always add more. You can’t take away.

Once both of the components are ready, take the pan off the heat and the pumpkin out of the oven. The pumpkin should be easily stripped away from the skin. It should be extremely soft. Using half of the baked pumpkin, spoon the pumpkin off the skin and dice. Throw it into the pan and stir. Heat for a little longer if necessary.

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For the topping-

Using a large bowl, sieve the flour and the sugar and then throw in the butter. Using your finger tips (this is where it can get messy), rub the mixture together until it forms into bread-crumbs. Dont over-rub!

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Once all the goodness is done, cut the tops off your munchkins and spoon out the middle. Using a knife, make some incisions into the pumpkins insides and rim. Now sprinkle cinammon over and a little brown sugar …and, if you like things sweet, a drizzle of maple syrup.

Now fill in the munchkin with the apple and pumpkin mixture and top it off with the gluten free topping.

Boom, now we are ready to go! Place it into the oven for 10 minutes until the topping is golden and the pumpkin is slightly soft and crisp on the outside.

Once crisp, take it out and well… enjoy!!! Get messy with your pumpkin.

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Happy Halloween, all!!

Much Love X

A smile for a smile

I noticed today that the sound of laughter makes me smile.

The sight of friends rejoicing makes me feel warm inside.

On my way home from work today, I saw a young boy showing off his car to his Grandma, holding his (what I believe to be) driving test papers… I couldn’t stop smiling for the rest of my journey home.

It’s funny how little things like that can have an impact on someone else too… someone else out of the situation.

I feel we’ve become a world where there is less and less eye contact with strangers, less warm smiles to walkers by, and less “please” and “thank you”. I’m too sure why we all think we’re better than the person next to us not to crack a smile because at the end of the day no matter who we are, we are all on the same path and it may just be you can change a strangers day with just one smile…

A few of my personal friends reading this will probably be cringing at how soft I sound but I felt I needed to write this as honestly I bounce off peoples energies and although I was already buzzing inside with happiness, seeing that small moment of laughter and joy made my cheshire cat smile grow even more.

The more you smile, the more everyone else will.
The more you love, the more love you’ll feel around you.
The more you compliment, the more positive air you’ll be surrounded with.
Make someone smile today!

 
It’s friday, enjoy

 

Evie X

 

A mini moo

Thrivin’ Thursday!!

I’m calling to all the chocolate fans out there, to all the sweet toothed gods and godess’. I have just perfected my delicious mini pot of chocolate heaven. A pot of pure raw goodness. Now my beautiful mother is absolute sweet fiend ( and I am too at heart ) and so I gave her a weeny pot to let her use her magical sweet taste buds to do their thing and give me their verdict. OH YES. We have a winner, she asked for another!

Okay, now sometimes you’re having one of those days/nights, you’re sat indoors and if in england, it’s probably raining outside and all you’re craving is something sweet, something delicious, something oh so dreamy.. BUT WAIT you can’t. You promised yourself you’d be good and stay clean. Sigh.

Eh presto, rub the nearest lamp next to you and I’ll give your wish. I dare you.

A GUILT FREE TREAT!

2 large soft avocados
1/2 banana
A splash of almond milk
1 tbsp of cacao powder
A drizzle of agave
1/2 tsp of coconut oil

So simple, all you need to do is get yourself a blender of some form, whack in all the ingredients and whizz and voila, you have yourself a RAW HEALTHY DELICIOUS CHOCO MOUSSE. Boo-ya. Just scoop it out in however many dishes you like and refridgerate for about an hour to ensure they’re cold yummy beauties when devoured.

 

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Topped with Chia seeds

Please have a go and Let me know! I would love see your mini moo’s.

Much Love X

 

Uni : the be all or end all

Firstly, this is just an article on how to keep yourselves in fine shape through those party months of your new chapters.

Hello European Lovers!
It’s that time of year again for us to get started or head back to university. Summer is, unfortunately, over now and term is just beginning!!

Just dropped my brother back off at Leeds university , unbelievably excited for him to start his last year of uni adventure! I’m sure a lot of you, who are just starting off in the first year of university, are feeling a whole mix of emotions! Well let me wish you all the best and assure you its all going to be tip top toe!!
Words of wisdom; Get social, and throw yourselves into uni life. Make it count!!

This post today actually applies also to the ‘travelling souls’ (my favourite kind of people!!) as well as Uni students; it goes one way or another…. I hope you’re all getting my drift.

It happens to all of us, to grow or shrink in size, so to be speak.
Don’t let Uni life get the better of you!! Keep on top of what you’re consuming, what you’re ‘downing’, and how active/inactive you’re becoming, because, trust me, this lifestyle change brings big physical change.

We all say it, think it and know it …so don’t do it!

It’s hard at uni, especially for the Freshers. For those who are heading back, you’re in a routine, you know what to expect, keep up with the good habits.
For Freshers, alcohol is going to take over your lives!
And what goes hand in hand with being blindly drunk? Fat bloomin’ food! UH OH…

TIPS FOR THE UNI BUMS –

1) Do your 15 minute morning HIIT!!
Blast that fat, dedication, determination and commitment – do not slack. Keep winning at life. Check out my ‘morning blast’ post for some ideas.

2) drink VODKA, LIME AND SODA. Oh yeeeeeeeee, my one and only. I personally believe this to be the queen and king drink of health in the alcohol society. Hallelujah. As I hope all of you know, drinking = calories. It’s ze juices and fizzy pop that contain a lot of the crappiness that ends up sitting on parts of our body we hate. Muffin top mania! SO sticking to V.L.S is the best way forward, a ‘guilt-free beverage’!  The soda also keeps you hydrated, meaning no stinky headache the next day! Hurrah!!

3) KEEP A LOCK ON THE GOODIES CUPBOARD. Now this is my WORST habit, that I seriously need to lock down. I, somewhat, turn into a fatty food eating monster when I come in from a heeeeeavy night out. It’s just not okay… I hope there are a few of you out there that can share my pain… but, yes. stay away from the midnight feasting. It’s never pretty.

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4) Choose wisely.
Okay so we all know that healthy foods costs a lot more ‘dolla’. Because that makes sense doesn’t it??? Students on a tight budget welcome to your array of Mcdonald’s burgers, whilst the other half can have champagne and caviar. Okaaaaaaay.

There are ways around this – Don’t use the money thing as an excuse, because if you’re that determined, and that well driven, maybe you’ll think that you don’t need that pair of shoes this week or you don’t need to go out boozing tonight… No, instead you’re going to help yourself to something else, bar the super noodles.
Try having eggs for breakfast, value eggs? They’re still eggs. Learn to love eggs. I adore them. Have your lunch, whatever that may be, and, perhaps for a dinner, Chilli con carne. Use turkey mince (leanest meat) as your base and go ahead as normal. Make a big batch and freeze the rest for later use.

Most of all, just be active. Join a sports team, get a job, or even dance all night… All of these things, although different, allow your amazing machine (body) to move and stretch and twist whilst being SOCIALLY ACTIVE too.

Do not turn Uni life into Sloth life. Be aware of the environment you are in. Enjoy it but stay on top.

Remember:

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Much Love X